The Towerlight, Towson’s Campus and Community News Source, reports that a controversial proposal from a Towson University student is opening up old wounds. A student organization is planning to start a “White Student Union.”
Matthew Heimbach’s reasoning can be found in the college newspaper where he says white students deserve an exclusive club only for them.
Inside this week’s Towson University newspaper, Heimbach is seen holding a Confederate flag in front of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church in Montgomery, Ala. He says: “We want to replicate what every student union does on campus.”
His solution: Start a White Student Union.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to start that. It doesn’t really make sense,” Kelsey Ports, a junior at Towson University, said.
In the article, Heimbach says there is a Black Student Union that promotes their heroes, and he wants to do the same.
“We had to congregate together because we weren’t allowed to congregate with whites,” Julian Carroll, a junior at the university, said. “There is a difference between a White Student Union and a Black Student Union based on the history of America.”
This isn’t Heimbach’s first attempt to start a controversial group. He succeeded before with Youth for Western Civilization. The group gained negative attention after messages of white pride were written in chalk across campus.
“We want to be able to promote on campus for students who want to be proud of their heritage and the foundations of this country and stand up for themselves,” Heimbach said of the Youth for Western Civilization.
Huffington Post reports
Victor Collins, the university’s assistant vice president of student affairs for diversity, said he believes Heimbach’s group should be treated like other campus groups as long as its members meet the requirements and obey Towson’s rules. Though he supports the group’s First Amendment rights, he said, he does not agree that Towson’s campus is prejudiced against whites.
“They think they are a parallel comparison to the Black Student Union,” Collins said. “In my observation in American society and history, I don’t know if white students have been discriminated against or denied access to intuitions. This is a predominantly white institution. I don’t understand why they have to [form.]”
If approved for affiliation by the Student Government Association, the “White pride” group could get funding coming from student fees after a year and allow members to use university meeting rooms without being charged.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) was named honorary chairman, and defended YWC against accusations their group was little more than a national “White Pride” group. [NOTE: Youth for Western Civilization, YWC, is presently inactive]
“It’s got nothing to do with racism, it’s got nothing to do with extremism,” Tancredo told Fox News 2009. “It has to do with celebrating the benefits Western civilization has brought to mankind, not the least of which is the concept of law. It’s designed to bring attention to the issues, discussions and points of view that aren’t readily available in the typical classroom on liberal colleges run by left-wing loonies.”
Matthew Heimbach is persistent. Persistence pays.